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Sterling swept in DeKalb; Rockets split at State Farm

Dukes get it done in Plano

The Dixon Dukes bounced back nicely from their first loss of the season, jumping out to a big lead early on and cruising past Somonauk 54-38 Friday at the Plano tournament.

Laron Carr had 17 points, three rebounds and three assists for the Dukes (11-1), who led 28-12 at halftime. Cal Jarrett added 11 points, four rebounds and two steals, and Isaiah Roby had 10 points, nine rebounds, two assists and Dixon's lone blocked shot.

Scott Thomas led Somonauk with 10 points, while Reece Bode chipped in six points, 15 rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks.

DeKalb tournament

Schurz 62, Sterling 55:
The Golden Warriors had four players score in double figures, but were outscored 20-13 in the final quarter after heading into the period tied at 42.

Sterling Thornton had 12 points for Sterling (3-5), with Juan Gomez, Ryan Hurley and Zach Rehmert adding 10 points apiece.

Schurz had eight players score at least five points.

Moline 59, Sterling 39: The Warriors trailed 16-8 after one quarter, then got to within seven (29-22) by halftime, but were outscored 22-11 in the third quarter of their Chuck Dayton finale.

Zach Rehmert and Juan Gomez each had 12 points for Sterling, with Rehmert hitting three 3-pointers. Tyler Biscontine hit five 3s and finished with 17 points for the Maroons, while Brandon Vice added 16 points.

State Farm Classic

Cissna Park 45, Rock Falls 36:
The Rockets stayed close throughout, but couldn't rally for a win at the Shirk Center.

Austin Donoho was the lone player in double figures for Rock Falls (4-6), scoring 11. Tyler Schuldt led Cissna Park with 14 points.

Rock Falls 55, Tri-Valley 43: After heading into halftime tied at 22, the Rockets outscored Tri-Valley 33-21 in the second half for a win at Normal West High School.

Daegan Wharff scored 18 points, Kasey Anger added 15, and Austin Donoho chipped in 11 for Rock Falls, which had eight different players score. Danny Coulon had 12 points for Tri-Valley.

Newman tournament

Aquin 59, Oregon 56:
The Hawks led 44-40 heading into the fourth quarter, but the Bulldogs rallied for a victory at the KSB/Newman Christmas Classic.

Trevor Otten hit five 3s and finished with a game-high 21 points for Oregon (4-9), while Jessie McKinley added 10 points. Aiden Chang scored 18 points for Aquin (10-2), with Micah Stovall adding 16.

Erie tournament

Knoxville 48, Erie 31:
The Cardinals trailed 29-13 at halftime and never recovered in a Warkins Cardinal Classic loss.

Kenneth Cole and Owen McConnell scored eight points apiece for Erie (0-11). Tyler Houston poured in 19 points for Knoxville.

Bureau Valley 46, Mercer County 33: Parker Neuhalfen's 19 points paced the Storm, who outscored the Golden Eagles 40-23 after the opening quarter at the Warkins Cardinal Classic.

Tommy Johnston added nine points for BV (8-6). Brandon Butcher scored 14 for Mercer County.

Wethersfield 78, Morrison 51: Trevor Lay's 34-point performance was too much for the Mustangs to overcome at the Warkins Cardinals Classic.

Wethersfield hit 10 3-pointers, and scored at least 22 points in three of the four quarters in the win. Kaleb Church scored 18 for Morrison (5-8), and Hunter Hamstra chipped in 14.

Eastland tournament

Fulton 58, Warren 55: Zach Barber and Matt Dail each drained six 3-pointers as the Steamers held off the Warriors in Lanark.

Barber led Fulton (10-2) with 26 points, while Dail added 22.

Amboy 53, Annawan 50: Damon Quest tossed in 26 points to lead the Clippers past the Braves in Lanark.

Jordan Ernst added nine points for Amboy (2-10).

Polo 74, Pearl City 61: The Marcos led 26-7 and held serve after that to win in Lanark.

AJ Dollmeyer scored 26 points for Polo (12-1), while Brian Cavanaugh added 16 and Brad Cavanaugh had 12. Cody Kluck paced Pearl City (3-10) with 17 points.

Eastland 45, Prophetstown 33: Dalton Shaner hit four 3-pointers and accounted for 25 of the Cougars' 45 points in a win at their own tournament.

Eric Schaney added eight points, and Brighten Haverland chipped in six for Eastland (8-1), which led 25-13 by halftime. Ethan Howard led the Prophets (3-6) with 13 points.


Warriors win three at home: Sterling rolled to three home victories, taking care of Morton 72-3, Alleman 63-9 and Morris 52-21.

Winning three bouts for the Golden Warriors were Tyrone Long (106 pounds), Zack Depuy (132), Nick Terronez (152), Bryant Lilly (195) and Cariel Beasley (285).

Comets split four in Champaign: Newman split four matches at the St. Thomas More New Year's Challenge being held in Champaign.

The Comets defeated Robinson 48-27 and Auburn 39-37, but lost to LeRoy 41-31 and Benton 38-28.

Leading the way for Newman is 160-pound sophomore Brady Rude, who has pinned four opponents in a total of 9 minutes, 27 seconds.

Morrison had five matches, and had victories against Seneca 42-35 and El Paso-Gridley 42-23. The Mustangs also fell to Clifton Central 48-18, Vandalia 58-21 and Monmouth-Roseville 50-27.


Melton places second in Rockford: Newman's Warren Melton finished second among 34 seniors at the Boylan Bash.

Swimmers chose four of five races to compete in, and Melton finished first in the 100 butterfly (55.87 seconds), second in the 100 backstroke (58.13) and 100 freestyle (51.23), and third in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.29).

Melton accumulated 381 points, second to DeKalb's Ryan Schultz, who had 387. There were no team scores kept.

Friday's stars

Zach Barber, Fulton, 26 points, 6 3-pointers

Damon Quest, Amboy, 26 points

AJ Dollmeyer, Polo, 26 points

Dalton Shaner, Eastland, 25 points, 4 3-pointers

Matt Dail, Fulton, 22 points, 6 3-pointers

Trevor Otten, Oregon, 21 points, 5 3-pointers

Warren Melton, Newman swimming, 2nd place among 34 seniors at Boylan Bash

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